There was no other way than empowering Rangers

A consultative meeting of PPP leadership, convened by the party Co-Chairperson Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai, took several bold decisions including replacement of incumbent Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah with a new face. Zardari is also reported to have assured that the issue of extension of special powers for Rangers would be resolved and the paramilitary force shall be given necessary mandate to continue its operation against criminals.
This is, perhaps, for the first time in the last three years that the PPP has done self-analysis and reached at the right conclusion. Though Chief Minister of Sindh is not really independent as real powers lay with the top party leadership and its confidants but despite that age factor matters. Syed Qaim Ali Shah is a soft spoken and decent person but he has been target of criticism of all sorts because of governance issues, slackness and even attracted ridicule from some quarters. Hopefully, the new Chief Minister would get the required authority to take independent decisions as per ground realities. It is all the more important that former President Zardari, who is running the party and the Government from Dubai, has ultimately agreed to give greater powers to Rangers, as explained by party spokesperson Farhatullah Babar in a statement after the meeting. Rangers’ special powers expired on July 17 and this was known to all before and therefore, steps should have been taken to take a timely decision about extension in powers. It is quite evident that Rangers were doing a great job and the operation they have launched is in mid-way and it cannot and should not be left unaccomplished. Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan has been pleading the Sindh government to take prompt decision in this regard but like last year, the Provincial government and top PPP leadership indulged in rhetoric on the issue. If all agree that Rangers are doing a good job of cleansing the society of the criminals, then there should be no question of restricting the operation to Karachi and sparing hardcore criminals in other parts of the Province. We hope that the Provincial government would extend fullest possible cooperation to Rangers in fulfillment of its mission to restore normalcy in Karachi and other parts of Sindh.

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